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One hit too many

August 23, at Minnesota


How many Grinders did KW use today:
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"Freddy deserved to win tonight.  Too bad no one else bothered to show up."

Short Take:  Freddy Garcia no-hits Minnesota for seven innings Tuesday night, but Sox offense provides no support in 1-0 loss.

Freddy Garcia and Johan Santana got into an old-fashioned pitcher's duel Tuesday night at the Metrodome, but unfortunately for the Sox, it was Garcia that blinked first.  After throwing seven innings of no-hit baseball, he left one curveball a little too high in the zone for Jacques Jones, whose solo home run accounted for not just all of Minnesota's offense, but all of the game's as the Sox dropped their eighth game in nine tries, 1-0.

Again, it was another night of missed opprotunities for the White Sox.  Pablo Ozuna led off the game with a single and stole second, but Tadahito Iguchi, Carl Everett, and Paul Konerko could not drive him home.  In the third, Ozuna again set the table with a 2-out double, but died at second.  Though, it wasn't completely because of the Sox's offensive ineptitude;  Tadahito Iguchi's deep drive to center field was snagged by Lew Ford on the run moments before crashing into the Baggy.  The next inning, Paul Konerko stroked a deep fly to left field that Shannon Stewart made a terrific grab on at the warning track.  In all reality, Stewart may have robbed Konerko of what would have been a game-winning homer, but he did have to leave the game with a strained shoulder.

If there was one highlight for the Sox, it would have to have been the play of Jermaine Dye in righ field.  With Cuddyer at third and two out, Nick Punto took Garcia deep to right field, but Jermain Dye, somehow, over his back shoulder with his body facing the wall, pulled the ball down before slamming into the wall in right field.  Even in slow motion, it is baffling exactly how he came down with that ball, but for the time being, Freddy's no-no was salvaged and the Sox were still alive and well.

Still, Garcia was flat out dealing.  He had only faced two over the minimum through seven and only allowed three baserunners, a pair of walks and an error by Ozuna at third allowed Michael Cuddyer to reach.  Still, his one mistake ended up costing him a ball in Cooperstown and the Sox a much-needed win.  After taking 4 of the first 5 against Minnesota earlier this year, the Sox have dropped the last four to the Twinkies and have watched their once insurmountable division lead shrink to 7 games over victorious Cleveland and 9 1/2 over the pesky Twins.  Still, that is the good news.  Even after this miserable stretch, the Sox still find themselves firmly in control of their own destiny.  With now exactly 40 games left to play in the 2005 season, they are still in one of the more enviable positions in all the league.  Only the Cardinals' 12-game lead in the National League Central is larger than our Sox's.

The Sox and Twins have it again tomorrow night from the the Twin Cities. Mark Buehrle looks to be a stopper as he goes against Mr. Sox killer himself, Joe Mays.  Game time is 7:10 PM and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Offense completely dominated by Johan Santana and Joe Nathan.  Nothing to report here.


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